Understanding Weight Loss Medications: GLP-1 vs. Phentermine

As a weight loss doctor, I often receive questions from patients about the different types of weight loss medications available and how they compare to each other. Two classes of prescription medications frequently discussed are the GLP-1 receptor agonists (including Semaglutide, Ozempic, and Wegovy) and the stimulant phentermine. We offer both types of medications for patients at our weight loss centers, as well as I Am WonderFULL—a natural supplement from my Awaken Supplements line for patients seeking a natural alternative—and Cell-Press.

When selecting a weight loss medication, it’s essential to evaluate the pros and cons of each option carefully. GLP-1 receptor agonists like Semaglutide, Ozempic, and Wegovy offer effective weight loss but come with a higher cost and potential gastrointestinal side effects. On the other hand, phentermine is more affordable and generally well-tolerated but carries a risk of cardiovascular side effects and is not recommended for those unable to tolerate stimulants.

The chart below shows the key differences between GLP-1 weight loss medications, Phentermine, Cell-Press, and I AM WonderFULL.

Weight Loss Medications

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Weight Loss Medications

Ultimately, the choice of weight loss medication should be based on your individual needs, preferences, and medical history. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider specializing in weight loss to determine the most suitable treatment option for you.

In your journey towards achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, the role of medication cannot be underestimated. As a weight loss doctor, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative effects that the right medication can have on a patient’s weight loss journey. However, it’s crucial to understand that medication is just one piece of the puzzle.

Mindset & Lifestyle Matter

Success in weight loss is multifaceted and requires a holistic approach that goes beyond medication. The mindset with which you approach your weight loss journey plays a pivotal role. Adopting a positive and determined mindset can make all the difference in overcoming challenges and staying committed to your goals.

Furthermore, lifestyle choices and habits are integral to sustainable weight loss. Incorporating regular physical activity, staying hydrated, managing stress effectively, and getting adequate sleep are all factors that contribute to overall well-being and weight management. A balanced and nutritious diet is also paramount, providing the body with the essential nutrients it needs while promoting satiety and preventing overeating.

The weight loss pyramid with diet and lifestyle at the foundation

While choosing the best medication tailored to your individual needs is important, it is equally essential to focus on mindset, lifestyle, and nutrition to achieve long-term success in weight loss. By embracing a holistic approach that addresses these key factors, you can create a solid foundation for a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.


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